Long, long gone are the days of Luis’ Fix-it Shop, and with the new era of mass production & cheap consumer goods, repairs on anything but an Apple product seem like a waste of time & effort (& money that could be put towards a newer version).
What a shame! I am a champion of the repair for a number of reasons, and I’m going to convince you that you should be, too (whether or not, you know, you want to be the one who attempts said repairs).
If you know me personally or have followed along here for a while, you will have heard more than you ever wanted to about my home espresso machine. I bought a Starbucks "barista" manual espresso machine on sale in 2007 when they were clearing out their equipment; I used it once a day for the first few years, and two or three times daily for the last several (after my coffee-averse husband experienced life-changing lattes at Monmouth in London).
In that time, I have taken it completely apart probably half a dozen times. I’ve cleaned the pump, I replaced the thermal fuse – after a particularly low 6-week espresso drought & interminable waiting for the obscure part to arrive –, I’ve opened the boiler and decalcified it, I’ve replaced bolts that had been stripped from so much dis- & re-assembly.
But after all of this, I don’t feel like this machine is the bane of my existence; remarkably, I feel quite the opposite! The longer we’ve been together, the more intimately I’ve known it (ha ha) and time I’ve invested in it, the more appreciation & affinity I have! I’m proud of what I’ve learned & tried over the course of our adventures-in-repair, and I’m happy that instead of being in a landfill, it has had new life.
I’m not suggesting that everyone needs to do everything for themselves all the time, y’all. Hiring someone to fix your car, do your taxes, perform surgery*, fix your dishwasher, or even to sell you new things are all completely valid! If you have the means, it’s good for the economy to hire house painters or car cleaners or whatever.
* a physician friend has a story about a colleague who performed his own vasectomy. Ouch! Spoiler alert: it didn’t take.
I’m just suggesting that it is good to get our hands dirty here & there… :)
Have you ever repaired something in your life or home that swelled you with pride & satisfaction? Sewn or built or fixed? Share your wins in the comments below.